When More Isn’t Enough: Women and Addiction, with Stephanie Covington

Webinar, United States,

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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Over the past forty years, our knowledge of women’s lives has increased dramatically, and we have added significantly to our understanding of the treatment needs of women with addictive disorders. One dominant and reoccurring theme in the lives of women is the interrelationship between substance misuse, mental health issues, and all forms of interpersonal violence (as well as other traumatic experiences).

This webinar offers a comprehensive treatment model that integrates theories of addiction, women’s psychological development, and trauma along with new resources for providing services. There is also discussion on the key issues of self, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, and the trauma-informed therapeutic techniques for dealing with these issues.

Topics covered include:

• History of women’s treatment
• Definition and elements of gender-responsive services
• Definition and core values of trauma-informed services
• Process of trauma
• ACE study
• Treatment resources


Stephanie Covington

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer. For more than thirty-five years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, her extensive experience includes designing women’s services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled Breaking Down the Bars. She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS). Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

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